Early Childhood


The Early Childhood Montessori teacher education program (2.5-6 years) bridges theory and practice together, where adult learners are provided with the critical skills and tools to endow children with a successful, life-long learning experience. Upon completion of all requirements, adult learners are recommended to the American Montessori Society for the Early Childhood Credential.

This thirteen-month program is comprised of an eight-week summer academic session followed by a nine-month Montessori teaching practicum experience, a seven day mid-year session during the practicum year, and a two-week wrap-up session the following June.


Program Clock Hours: 526 contact hours + 540 practicum hours = 1066 total hours

“Whoever touches the life of the child touches the most sensitive part of a whole, which has its roots in the most distant past and climbs toward the infinite nature.”

Dr. Maria Montessori

At the Institute, adult learners delve into Montessori philosophy with practical application woven into every curricular area and course. Class sessions entail lectures and discussions, demonstrations, practice sessions, material making, along with individual and group research and collaboration. Here, adult learners discover the process of learning and how to best facilitate this process in their own schools. Adult learners learn key elements for creating an environment which maximizes learning and which draws upon children’s individual strengths, uniqueness, successes, and incorporates meaningful goal setting for children 2.5-6 years. Collaboration with families and school personnel is also integrated into the curriculum. The practicum experience enables adult learners to work in a Montessori classroom under the day-to day guidance and supervision of an experienced Montessori teacher from a MACTE accredited teacher education program from September through June. Institute adult learners benefit from small classes, experienced and attentive instructors, and visits from field consultants during their internship, all who bring their passion and commitment to teaching excellence on all levels.